On This Day

Famous Birthdays on May 19

  • 1469 Giovanni della Robbia, Italian Renaissance sculptor (d. 1529)
  • 1474 Isabella d'Este, Marquise of Mantua, born in Ferrara, Duchy of Ferrara (d. 1539)
  • 1616 Johann Jakob Froberger, German singer/organist/composer
  • 1700 José de Escandón, Spanish colonial governor (d. 1770)
  • 1724 Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, British admiral and politician (d. 1779)
  • 1740 Joseph Franz Weigl, German cellist and early proponent of the 'thumb technique', born in Bavaria (d. 1820)
  • 1744 Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1818)
  • 1746 Johann Friedrich Peter, composer
  • 1755 Gabriele Prota, composer
  • 1762 Johann Gottlieb Fichte, German philosopher (Wissenschaftslehre), born in Rammenau, Electorate of Saxony (d. 1814)
  • 1770 Antoine-Charles Glachant, composer
  • 1771 Rahel Varnhagen von Ense-Levin, German literary hostess, born in Berlin, Prussia (d. 1833)
  • 1773 Arthur Aikin, English mineralogist (d. 1854)
  • 1795 Johns Hopkins, philanthropist, founded Johns Hopkins University
  • 1797 Maria Isabel of Portugal, queen of Spain (d. 1818)
  • 1808 Samuel Jameson Gholson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1883)
  • 1812 Felix Kirk Zollicoffer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • 1815 John Gross Barnard, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Sheffield, Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • 1827 Paul-Armand Challemel-Lacour, French statesman (d. 1896)
  • 1828 Adin Ballou Underwood, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Worcester County Massachusetts (d. 1888)
  • 1839 Alice Mary Smith, British composer, born in London (d. 1884)
  • 1857 John Jacob Abel, American Pharmacologist (endocrine glands), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1858 Roland Napoléon Bonaparte, French prince and president of the Société de Géographie, born in Paris, France (d. 1924)
  • 1860 Victor E Orlando, Italy's premier (1917-19)

Nellie Melba

1861 Nellie Melba [Helen Mitchell], Australian operatic soprano, and face of the Australian 100 dollar note, born in Richmond, Victoria, Australia (d. 1931)

  • 1862 Mikhail Nesterov, Russian painter (d. 1942)
  • 1864 Carl Akeley, American taxidermist and naturalist who developed the animal mount process and other techniques for museums, born in Clarendon, New York (d. 1926)
  • 1868 John Fillmore Hayford, American Geodesist who established the theory of isostasy and founded the modern science of geodesy (precise measurements of the shape of the earth), born in Rouses Point, New York
  • 1869 Jules Poncelet, Belgian minister of State
  • 1869 Henry Horatio Dixon, Irish Biologist who originated the cohesion-tension theory of water and mineral movement in plants, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1870 Albert Fish, American serial killer (d. 1936)
  • 1870 Nishida Kitarō, Japanese philosopher (Kyoto School), born in Unoke, Japan (d. 1945)
  • 1871 Reginald Aldworth Daly, Napanee Ontario, Canadian-American Geologist who independently developed the theory of magmatic stopping
  • 1873 Federico Gerdes, Peruvian pianist, composer, and educator (founder and first director of the National Conservatory of Music,1909-26), born in Tacna, Peru (d. 1953)
  • 1874 Gilbert Jessop, English cricket batsman (18 Tests; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1898), born in Cheltenham, England (d. 1955)
  • 1876 William King Gregory, Greenwich Village New York, American palaeontologist (mammalian teeth, evolutionary theory)
  • 1878 Adam von Ahn Carse, British composer and instrument collector, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1958)

Nancy Astor

1879 Nancy Astor, American born British politician, 1st female MP in UK House of Commons, born in Danville, Virginia (d. 1964)

  • 1880 Allard R Hulshoff, architect of Amsterdam (1924)

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

1881 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, 1st President of Turkey (1923-38) and founder of the Republic of Turkey, born in Salonica, Ottoman Empire (d. 1938) real date unknown this adopted to align with Turkish Independence Day

  • 1882 Mohammed Mosaddeq, Prime Minister of Iran (d. 1967)
  • 1883 Henricus WJM Keuls, Dutch lawyer/poet (Dancing Lamp)
  • 1884 Arthur Meulemans, Flemish composer, conductor, and music teacher (Adriaen Brouwer), born in Aarschot, Belgium (d. 1966)

Ho Chi Minh

1890 Ho Chi Minh [Nguyễn Sinh Cung], Vetnamese communist revolutionary and President of North Vietnam (1946-69), born in Nghệ An Province, French Indochina (d. 1969)

  • 1891 Oswald Boelcke, German World War I pilot (d. 1916)
  • 1892 Konstatin G Paustovski, Russian author (Povestj Zjizni) [OS]
  • 1892 George "Pops" Foster, American jazz upright bass player, tuba player, and trumpeter, born in Macoll, Louisiana (d. 1969)
  • 1895 Albert Hay Malotte, American pianist, organist, composer (Disney staff, 1930's; The Lord's Prayer), and educator, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)
  • 1895 Cecil Gray, Scottish composer and music critic (d. 1959)
  • 1896 Michael Balcon, producer/father of Jill Balcon, born in Birmingham, England
  • 1897 Frank Luke, American World War I pilot (d. 1918)
  • 1897 Jerome Travers, American golfer (US Open 1915), born in NYC, NY (d. 1951)
  • 1898 Julius Evola, Italian philosopher (d. 1974)
  • 1901 Manuel Ivo Cruz, Portuguese composer and founder of Philharmonic Orchestra of Lisbon, born in Corumbá, Brazil (d. 1985)
  • 1904 Anthony Bushell, British actor (Journey's End, A Night to Remember), born in Kent, England (d. 1997)
  • 1904 Sven Thofelt, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1906 Bruce Bennett, American athlete and actor (Before I Hang, Sahara), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2007)
  • 1908 Percy Williams, Canadian athlete (Olympic gold 100m / 200m 1928), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1982)
  • 1909 Schlomo Joffe, Polish-Israeli folk and classical musician and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1995)
  • 1909 Nicholas Winton, English Humanitarian ('British Schindler' - saved 600 children from Nazis), born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1910 Alan Melville, cricketer (graceful South African batsman 1938-49)
  • 1913 Sanjiva Reddy, Indian politician, sixth President of India (1977-82), born in Illur, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Bert Hardy, English photographer (Picture Post), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Max Perutz, Austrian-born molecular biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (d. 2002)
  • 1914 Go Seigen [Wu Qingyuan], Chinese-born Japanese Go master considered the greatest Go player in the 20th century, born in Minhou County, Fujian, Republic of China (d. 2014)
  • 1914 Alex Shibicky, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005)

Florence Chadwick

1918 Florence Chadwick, swimmer (1st to swim English Channel both ways), born in San Diego, California (d. 1995)

  • 1918 Abraham Pais, Dutch-born American physicist (d. 2000)
  • 1919 Mitja Ribičič, Trieste, Italian Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (1969-71), (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Tina Strobos, Netherlands, physician and resistor to Nazi occupation, (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Charles van de Reve, slavic (Belief of Kameraden)
  • 1921 Daniel Gélin, French actor (Obsession, The Man Who Knew Too Much), born in Angers, Maine-et-Loire (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Karel van het Reve, Dutch Slavist (Comrade's Religion)
  • 1921 William H. Stewart, 10th US Surgeon General (1965-69), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2008)
  • 1922 David McLean [Eugene Joseph Huth], American actor known for appearing in Marlboro advertisements (Days of Our Lives, Tate), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • 1924 (Alexander) "Sandy" Wilson, British theatrical composer and lyricist (The Boy Friend; Divorce Me, Darling!), born in Sale, Cheshire, England (d. 2014)

Malcolm X

1925 Malcolm X [Little], African American human rights activist and Muslim minister, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1965)

Pol Pot

1925 Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (1976-79) and revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge (1963-97), born in Prek Sbauv, Kampong Thom, Cambodia (d. 1998)

  • 1925 Guy Provost, French Canadian actor (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Paul Cooper, American classical music composer, and educator, born in Victoria, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • 1926 Swami Kriyananda, Indian teacher and author
  • 1926 David Jacobs, British broadcaster (Juke Box Jury), born in London (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Colin Chapman, English automotive engineer and founder of Lotus Cars, born in Richmond (d. 1982)

Dolph Schayes

1928 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers, 1948-63) and coach (76ers, 1963-66; Buffalo Braves, 1970-72)) and coach, born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)

  • 1929 Harvey Cox, US theologist (Secular City)
  • 1929 Michael Adamis, Greek electroacoustic music composer, born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 2013)
  • 1929 John Stroger Chicago politician
  • 1930 Hans Kox, Dutch composer (Dorian Gray; Symphony No. 4 - "Tasmanian"), and educator, born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 2019)
  • 1930 Lorraine Hansberry, playwright (Raisin in the Sun)
  • 1931 Eric Davidson, comedy scriptwriter
  • 1931 Ruben Radica, composer
  • 1931 Eric Tappy, Swiss tenor
  • 1931 Bob Anderson, British racing driver (d. 1967)
  • 1931 Trevor Peacock, British stage and screen actor (The Vicar of Dibley - "Jim Trott"), screenwriter, and songwriter ("Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter"), born in Edmonton, Middlesex, England (d. 2021)
  • 1932 Alma Cogan, British pop singer ("Dreamboat"; "I Can't Tell a Waltz from a Tango"), born in Whitechapel, London, England (d. 1966)
  • 1932 Paul Erdman, American economist and author (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Claude Blanchard, French Canadian singer, comedian and actor, born in Joliette, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1934 David Sinclair, actor (Love & Hate)
  • 1934 James Charles Lehrer, news anchor (McNeil-Lehrer Report), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1934 Jan Wijn, Dutch pianist
  • 1934 Ruskin Bond, Indian author
  • 1935 David Hartman, American actor and TV personality (Good Morning America), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • 1935 Fritz Rudolf Fries, German writer, born in Bilbao, Spain (d. 2014)
  • 1935 Esmond Bulmer, English cider brewer, and Conservative Lower house leader
  • 1936 Elisabeth Schwartz, Austrian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1937 Sanne Sannes, Dutch photographer
  • 1937 Pat Roach, English actor and wrestler (d. 2004)
  • 1938 James Bilbray, American lawyer and politician (Rep-D-Nevada 1987-95), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1938 [Brian Keith] Herbie Flowers, English bassist and session musician (Lou Reed, Harry Nilsson, T-Rex), born in Isleworth, England
  • 1938 Moisés da Costa Amaral, East Timorese leader, born in Fahinihan, East Timor (d. 1989)
  • 1938 Girish Karnad, Indian playwright and filmmaker (Tuglaq), born in Dharwad, British India (d. 2019)
  • 1939 Henry Herbert, 17th earl of Pembroke, English peer and director (Emily) (d. 2003)
  • 1939 Dick Scobee, American pilot and astronaut (STS 41C, killed commanding Space Shuttle Challenger), born in Cle Elum, Washington (d. 1986)
  • 1939 James Fox, English actor (The Servant), born in London, England
  • 1939 Nancy Kwan, Hong Kong-born American actress (Flower Drum Song, World of Suzie Wong), born in Hong Kong
  • 1939 Richard Lowe Teitelbaum, American composer, born in New York City
  • 1939 Tomasz Sikorski, Polish minimalist composer (Solitude of Sounds), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1988)
  • 1939 Livio Berruti, Italian athlete
  • 1939 (Cornelius) "Sonny" Fortune, American jazz saxophonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Jānis Lūsis, Latvian athlete (Olympic gold men's javelin 1968, silver 1972, bronze 1968), born in Jelgava, Latvia (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Carlos Diegues, actor (Xica)
  • 1940 Frank Lorenzo, airline executive (Continental, Texas Air, Eastern)
  • 1940 Joan Staley, American actress and Playboy playmate (Nov, 1958), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1940 Mickey Newbury, rocker
  • 1940 Jan Janssen, Dutch cyclist
  • 1941 Jane Brody, writer/nutritionist
  • 1941 Jimmy Hoffa Jr, son of Jimmy Hoffa/Teamster union leader
  • 1941 Marc-Antonio Consoli, composer
  • 1941 Nora Ephron, NY, novelist/screenwriter/director (Michael, Heartburn), (d. 2012)

Gary Kildall

1942 Gary Kildall, American computer scientist and entrepreneur who created the CP/M operating system, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1994)

  • 1942 James Topping, author of CP/M
  • 1942 Robert Kilroy-Silk, British politician and television presenter
  • 1942 Frank Froehling, American tennis player (US C'ships 1963 runner-up; doubles, mixed doubles 1965 runner-up), born in Islamorada, Florida (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Curly Neal, American basketball guard (Harlem Globetrotters 1963-85), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2020)
  • 1944 Peter Mayhew, British-American actor (Chewbacca in Star Wars), born in London, England (d. 2019)

Pete Townshend

1945 Peter Townshend, British rock guitarist, composer, and vocalist (The Who - Tommy; "My Generation": "Won't Get Fooled Again"; solo - "Let My Love Open the Door"), born in Chiswick, Middlesex, England

  • 1946 Diedre Lenihan, actress (Wendy-Needles & Pins), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1946 Michele Placido, Foggia Italy, actor (La Lupa, Poliziotti)

André the Giant

1946 André the Giant, French pro wrestler (WWF World Heavyweight C'ship 1988; WWF World Tag Team C'ship [with Haku] 1989), born in Grenoble, France (d. 1993)

  • 1946 Claude Lelièvre, Belgian commissioner for children's rights
  • 1947 Jerry Hyman, American rock trombonist (Blood Sweat & Tears, 1968-70), and chiropractor, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947 Steve Currie, British rock bassist (T. Rex; Marc Bolan), born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England (d. 1981)
  • 1948 Grace Jones, Jamaican-American disco singer ("Slave to the Rhythm"), and actress (A View To A Kill), born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica
  • 1948 Jean-Pierre Haignere, French cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17)
  • 1948 Tom Scott, American saxophonist and composer (L.A. Express; The Blues Brothers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948 Boet van Dulmen, Dutch motorcycle racer (84 starts, 1 win, 4 podiums,1 pole; Finnish 500cc GP 1979), born in Ammerzoden, Netherlands (d. 2021)
  • 1949 Joseph "Dusty" Hill, American rock bassist and songwriter (ZZ Top - "Cheap Sunglasses"; "Legs"), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1949 Ashraf Ghani, Afghan anthropologist, economist, and politician (President of Afghanistan, 2014-present), born in Logar, Afghanistan
  • 1951 Joey Ramone [Jeffrey Hyman], American punk rock singer and musician (The Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"; Blitzkrieg Bop"; solo -"What a Wonderful World") (d. 2001)
  • 1951 Dick Slater, American professional wrestler
  • 1951 James Boyer, American audio engineer and record producer (Peter Cetera; Billy Joel; George Benson), born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania
  • 1952 Barbara Loomis, rocker (BT Express)
  • 1952 Bert van Marwijk, Dutch football manager
  • 1953 Henry Lascelles, English grandson of princess Mary
  • 1953 Shavarsh Karapetyan, Soviet Armenian finswimmer
  • 1953 Victoria Wood, British comedian and actress (Dinner Ladies), born in Bury, Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • 1953 Dawud M. Mu'Min, American convicted murderer (d. 1997)
  • 1953 Roddy Lorimer, Scottish session and touring trumpeter and flugelhorn player (Waterboys; Blur; Pete Townshend; Spiritualized; Dr. John), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1954 Rick Cerone, catcher (Yankees/Red Sox/Mets/Expos), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1954 Phil Rudd, Australian rock drummer (AC/DC-Rock 'n Roll Damnation), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1955 Ed Whitson, pitcher (NY Yankees, San Diego Padres)
  • 1955 Pierre J Thuot, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 36, 49, 62), born in Groton, Connecticut
  • 1956 Althea Gwyn, WBL center (NY Stars)
  • 1956 Martyn Ware, rocker (Heaven 17-Electric Dreams)
  • 1956 Steve Ford, actor (Young & Restless)/son of President Gerald Ford
  • 1957 Bill Laimbeer, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons)
  • 1959 Nicole Brown Simpson, German-American ex-wife of O.J. Simpson who was later murdered, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1960 Yazz [Yasmin Evans], singer (Fine Time), born in London, England
  • 1961 Lisa Rathgber Wagner, bowler (3-time LPBT Player of Year, Bowler of Decade), born in Hillsboro Illinois
  • 1961 Gregory Poirier, American screenwriter and director
  • 1961 Ronan Hardiman, Irish composer (Michael Flatley soundtracks), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1962 Iain Harvie, Scottish rock guitarist (Nothing Ever Happens)
  • 1963 Filippo Galli, Italian footballer
  • 1965 Joshua Beckett [Joshua Rifkind], American actor (Marshall Chronicles), born in Beverly Hills, California
  • 1965 Maile Flanagan, American actress (Naruto, Lab Rats), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1966 Keith Jennings, NFL tight end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1966 Marc Bureau, Trois Rivieres, NHL center (Montreal Canadiens)
  • 1966 Polly Walker, British actress
  • 1966 Sophia Crawford, English actress and martial artist (Power Rangers), born in London, England
  • 1967 John Friesz, NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1967 Turk Wendell, Pittsfield MA, pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1967 Massimo Taccon, Italian painter and sculptor
  • 1968 James Parrish, NFL outside linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 Jeanne Basone, Brubank California, wrestler (Hollywood-GLOW)
  • 1968 Mark Janssens, Surrey, NHL center (Hartford Whalers)
  • 1968 Paul Justin, NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1969 David Wharton, Warminster PA, US Olympic swimmer (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1969 Richard Dumas, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1970 K. J. Choi, South Korean golfer (Players C'ship 2011; 8 PGA Tour titles), born in Wando, South Korea
  • 1971 Darryl Morrison, NFL safety (Washington Redskins)
  • 1971 Psicosis, Mexican professional wrestler
  • 1972 Jenny Berggren, Swedish singer (Ace of Base)
  • 1972 Roberto Carcassés, Cuban jazz pianist, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1973 Andreas Johansson, Hofors SWE, NHL forward (Pitts, NY Islanders)
  • 1974 Andrew Johns, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1974 Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Indian actor (Gangs of Wasseypur- Faizal Khan), born in Budhana, Uttar Pradesh
  • 1975 London Fletcher, American football player
  • 1975 Masanobu Ando, Japanese actor
  • 1975 Pretinha, Brazilian footballer
  • 1976 Kevin Garnett, American basketball forward (15-time NBA All Star), born in Greenville, South Carolina